We’re A Country

A country at war,

that’s what we are.

Are we keeping You

near or far?

A country in debt,

that’s what we owe.

Do we invest

or just say no?

A country of filth,

buried in our rights.

Is our cleansing

even in sight?

A country of pride,

we’ve thrown You out.

I don’t want to reject You.

Bring revival about.

 

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire

(by the grace of God)

Judging Those Pharisees (Me)

It’s so easy to judge those evil Pharisees,
Yet there is so much of them inside me.
We both can push our selfish pride
And forget we are His betrothed bride.
Even if we see the truth right before our eyes,
It’s so easy to want something we tend to disguise.
Jesus gave His life to save them and me.
It’s just not fair, to not let Him be.
May the Lord help me to be faithful to His Son.
He is worthy after all He has done.
God Himself suffered in His sacrifice too,
Watching His Son agonize for me and you.

6-4-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

FALSE JUSTIFICATION

It is so easy to be offended,
so easy to feel we’ve been wronged.
We tell ourselves we have a right to be angry
and allow our resentment to go on.
That bitterness can lead us astray
and convince us we have a right
to take vengeance ourselves.
If anything, to make sure it’s done right.
But God is the only one who is justified
in giving discipline or punishing sin.
He created the person who offended us
and tolerates it in us again and again.
Before we know it our emotions have raged
and we have taken it upon ourselves to play God.
Sometimes we even have the nerve to gloat
or blatantly admit we don’t care if it was right or not.
And oh how quickly we fight with God
that we are to be forgiven of guilt that doesn’t exist.
But God is the only true God
and of course, does not agree with this.
How grateful THEN we are
for God’s mercy when we confess OUR sin.
We gladly accept redemption
for ourselves, our families, and our friends.
Be careful, dear soul, not to offend your God
in thinking you have a right to object anytime.
God may lose His patience and mercy for you.
It may cost you your own soul and life.

6-20-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Contrary

Why is it so easy to be contrary?
Why do I feel the need?
Why must my pride insist?
Why does my rebellion plead?
A strong foe…
my flesh is fierce.
My double-edged sword…
so eager to pierce.
Dangerous and cruel…
so thoughtless of others.
Failing to edify
my sisters and brothers.
Lord, guard my mouth
and renew my ways.
I release this rebellion
and choose to praise.

5-18-12 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)